There are no do-overs when it comes to the ultimate punishment, so let’s make sure it’s done right – as humanely and openly as possible – every single time.
“If the only way we can preserve this method of execution is by making it more secret, that, to me, is something of a sign that we shouldn’t be trying to preserve this method of execution.”
In the next General Assembly session, state legislative leaders should take up the common sense reforms recommended by the Supreme Court Task Force. But they should immediately put aside the “secret executions” bill that will inevitably make Ohio’s death penalty system more flawed than it is already.
“These men spent nearly four decades in prison. Right now they have nothing,” said Kevin Werner, executive director of Ohioans to Stop Executions.
He spent his 18th birthday on death row. His mother, a brother and a sister died while he was in prison. His brother got to within three weeks of an execution date. “It just blew my mind!” Ajamu said.
This bill is not about the merits of capital punishment — it’s about holding government accountable…
“These are incredibly heinous crimes, I’m not arguing about that. But our justice system and our society has to hold itself out better than the people who commit those heinous crimes.”
“When it comes to carrying out a death sentence, more transparency and more reporting should be required, not less,” Neuts said.